Historias fragmentadas now on view at the Danforth Art Museum

February 06, 2020

"A sort of artistic enchantress, Claudia Ruiz Gustafson recounts her journey from Peru to the U.S. through 31 evocative photos and 11 texts that she calls her Historias Fragmentadas (Fragmented Stories). Reminiscent of the magical realism of Latin American authors, the Framingham-based artist casts a supernatural aura on her stories illustrated by vintage photos of her homeland, ... Boldly ambitious, Ruiz Gustafson infuses her own story with signs and symbols that link her past and present to create a personal mythology that opens her inner life to viewers – if they dare look." Review by Chris Bergeron, Metrowest Daily News

My entire series Historias fragmentadas is now part of the exciting art exhibit "Family Circle", now on view at the Danforth Art Museum in Framingham until May 10th, 2020. The artists of “Family Circle” also include painters Jenny Carpenter and Jasmine Chen, photographers Lee Kilpatrick and Kristen Joy Emack and sculptors Lisa Barthelson and Mary Morazzi-Henderson. More info here: Family Circle.

Poet of the Lake traveling to New York!

December 02, 2019

I am thrilled that images from my latest series Poet of the Lake received the highest score by jurors Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Jaime Cerón, Curator, Researcher and Art Critic, Bogota, Colombia and that three images will be showing at Agora Gallery in December 2019. This honor is dedicated to the memory of my late grandmother Elsa Nava. More info here: Latin American Competition Results.

Esos fueron los años selected by Sarah Montross, Senior Curator at deCordova Museum

October 29, 2019

BLUE 2019 exhibition at the Cambridge Arts! Thanks to juror Sarah Montross, Senior Curator at deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum-one of my favorite museums!-for selecting this very meaningful image from my series Historias fragmentadas. Join us for an opening reception on November 7th.

Esos fueron los años (Those were the years)Esos fueron los años (Those were the years)

Poet of the Lake included in the 2019 Open Photo Exhibit

September 29, 2019

Very grateful to Karen E. Haas, Lane Curator of Photographs, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston who selected "Qué solo me he quedado en esta sombra tan sóla (How lonely I am in this lonely shadow)". This image along with other 58 images from photographers from 13 states will be showing at the Cambridge Art Association, University Place Gallery in October, 2019. More info here: 2019 Open Photo Exhibit.

Qué solo me he quedado en esta sombra tan sóla (How lonely I am in this lonely shadow)Qué solo me he quedado en esta sombra tan sóla (How lonely I am in this lonely shadow)

Crossing Cultures: Family, Memory and Displacement

September 05, 2019

My first curatorial experience at the Cambridge Art Association. Crossing Cultures is a photo based art exhibit featuring four immigrant women artists (including myself) working on photography, mixed media and video installation. We incorporate our family photo archive into our art making process to tell the stories about our families and explore aspects of memory, loss, identity and displacement. More info here: http://www.cambridgeart.org/crossing-cultures/

Slideshow from Crossing Cultures Installation, Reception and Artist Talk:

Postcard for Crossing Cultures:

Review of Crossing Cultures by Suzanne Révy of What Will You Remember?:


Photography as Self-Expression

August 31, 2019

I will teaching a new class this upcoming winter. Revisiting the work of the pioneers: Julia Margaret Cameron, Alfred Stieglitz, Minor White, Martin Chambi, and others. And discussing interesting topics in photography: the concept of Equivalence, the use of symbolism in art and much more. Come join me!

Agora Gallery / The Latin American Fine Art Competition Exhibition

July 24, 2019

I feel very honored that images from Poet of the Lake received the highest score by jurors Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator at Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and Jaime Cerón, Curator, Researcher and Art Critic, Bogota, Colombia and were selected to be part of The Latin American Fine Art Competition Exhibition at Agora Gallery. The show will be in New York in December, 2019. I hope to see you at the opening. More info here: https://www.agora-gallery.com/artistpage/claudia_ruiz_gustafson.aspx


Seven for a Secret Never to be Told gets published

July 18, 2019

So happy one of my images from my work in progress Dark Woods wins an award and gets published in my favorite photo magazine: Black & White Magazine, a magazine for lovers and collectors of fine photography.

Shades Collective selects five images from Historias fragmentadas Part 1 and 2

July 01, 2019

An incredible honor to share this space with these five amazing photographers. Thanks to AKEA BRIONNE BROWN, JENNIFER A. FERRETTI and COLETTE VEASEY-CULLORS from Shades Collective!

In recent years, there have been a particular emphasis on developing conversations around racial identity and injustice in American society. We are seeing a wealth of conversations about race, but minimal discussions that expand the discussions beyond black and white individuals. Though we still welcome imagery exploring blackness and white life in America, we wanted to begin to widen the conversation to those outside of those narratives.

In Between seeks to showcase the work of lens based artists exploring race, identity, and place beyond the emphasis of Black and White racial tensions in America.

Featured in this exhibition is: Kat Liu, Claudia Ruiz Gustafson, Adriana Monsalve, Sydney Cook, Anushka Jajodia, and Granville Carroll. To read the interview click here.

SHE wins Honorable Mention at the 12th Pollux Awards

May 29, 2019

Six images from my series SHE win HONORABLE MENTION at the Professional Fine Art Series Category: 12th Pollux Awards and will be traveling to Barcelona, Spain. This event was juried by Philip Brookman. Very happy SHE is connecting.

La guirnalda selected by Joyce Tenneson wins an award at A Smith Gallery in Texas!

February 22, 2019

La guirnalda (The Wreath) from my series SHE was chosen by Joyce Tenneson to be part of an exquisite exhibit also titled "SHE". I am speechless because she happens to be my role model.  I am also very grateful to directors Amanda Smith and Kevin Tully for giving La guirnalda an Honorable Mention.


Maria Magdalena gets a great review at Artscope Magazine

February 17, 2019

Extremely grateful to Leah Hamilton French for her depth and thoughtful writing. Maria Magdalena is part of my newest series SHE.

Arroz con leche is going places!

February 14, 2019

Arroz con leche (Rice with Milk) from my series Historias fragmentadas was selected to be part of two important exhibitions in Cambridge: Gallery 263: Do You Remember? juried by Cobi Moules and Cambridge Art Association: 2019 National Prize Show juried by Camilo Alvarez and Steve Locke. I am also very happy because my work sold at the CAA.

Creative Photo Portraiture at the NCE / I am now a teacher!

May 10, 2018

Please, join me! I am preparing a fun class this coming spring at the Newton Community Education.

Somewhere will travel to Spain!

February 15, 2018

Four images from my series Somewhere get Honorable Mention in the Fine Art Series Category at the 11th Julia Margaret Cameron Award.